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published Jun 2006

Planning and Managing Environmentally Friendly Mountain Bike Trails

This guidebook can be used to assist in successfully planning, designing, and constructing mountain bike trail systems, while keeping in mind that user issues must be addressed at every stage of development.


published Sep 2000

A Primer on Trail-Related Liability Issues & Risk Management Techniques

This report concludes that trail-related liability is primarily a management issue. Laws are in place to protect all parties from unwarranted lawsuits and the rest is up to proper design, maintenance and management.


published Sep 2002

Case Studies of Water Trail Impacts on Rural Communities

by Lindsy Johnson, MCRP

Water trail development causes economic and social and impacts on rural communities.


published Oct 2001

Nebraska Rural Trails: Three Studies of Trail Impact

Documenting the impact of Nebraska’s developing trail system, using surveys to learn more about usage patterns, public safety, property values, and community quality of life along three rural rail-trails.


published Nov 2009

Goodsprings Trail Feasibility Study

The purpose of this trail study is to investigate the feasibility of building a trail system that connects Jean and the I-15 corridor to the small rural town of Goodsprings and the historic alignment of the yellow Pine Railroad.


published Sep 2004

Economic Impact Analysis: Trans Canada Trail in Ontario

An economic impact study to estimate and summarize the regional and province wide economic benefits associated with the usage of the Trans Canada Trail throughout Ontario.


published Mar 2020

The Economic Value of Trails in Arizona

As a compliment to the Arizona State Parks 2020 Trails Plan, this study estimates the economic value of non-motorized and motorized trail use to Arizona residents using the travel cost method.


published Dec 2004

The Washington & Old Dominion Trail: An Assessment of User Demographics, Preferences, and Economics

The Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) is a 45-mile long transportation and recreation corridor running from Arlington, Virginia, west to Purcellville.


published Dec 2000

Trails Assessment and Recommendations for Management

An Assessment of Trails, Watercourses, Soils, and Redwood Forest Health in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland, California.


published Mar 2007

New England Greenway Vision Plan

The New England wide vision plan for a network of greenways and green spaces is built on the continuation of a great tradition of planning in New England.


published Dec 2015

Case Studies in Delivering Safe, Comfortable, and Connected Pedestrian and Bicycle Networks

by Federal Highway Administration

This report provides an overview of pedestrian and bicycle network principles and highlights examples from communities across the country.


published Jun 2020

Merced River Trail Community Benefits Study

by Headwaters Economics

The purpose of this report is to describe the economic, quality of life, public health, and other benefits that Mariposa County and its residents are likely to enjoy from the Merced River Trail based on research and experiences of communities with similar projects.